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Streets Department Kicks Off 2019 Cleaning Season at PMBC Block Captain Rally

PHILADELPHIA, PA (March 23, 2019): On Saturday, March 23 the Philadelphia Streets Department kicked off the 2019 cleaning season at the Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee’s (PMBC) Annual Block Captain Rally.

More than 1,500 Block Captains and residents attended Saturday’s event. City officials acknowledged their hard work and dedication to keeping their neighborhoods clean throughout the year. Attendees participated in resource workshops and met with representatives from various City departments and organizations.

“Block captains fulfill a unique role in shaping our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “I am grateful for their efforts to educate residents on everything from block cleanups to proper recycling. PMBC’s network of block captains keeps us informed of issues requiring immediate attention and positions us to be a more efficient and effective city government.” 

“The theme of this year’s rally is ‘If you mean it, clean it!’ This theme captures the essence of the work that the block captains do by taking ownership and pride in their blocks and neighborhoods,” said Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams. “Block Captains not only take responsibility and action against litter and trash on their blocks but many issues that negatively impact the quality of life in their neighborhoods.”

Residents can visit the Streets Department website to see this year’s PMBC Clean Block Schedule and learn how to participate in upcoming cleanup events.

At the rally, more than 50 organizations and departments provided Block Captains with information about going green and getting clean, post-secondary education opportunities and financial literacy. Resource workshops were provided by PMBC, Philadelphia Recycling Office, Office of Emergency Management, Philadelphia Fire Department, Keep Philadelphia Beautiful and Philadelphia Water Department.  

The West Powelton Steppers kicked off the main program with a lively performance. Keynote Speaker Mayor Jim Kenney then offered remarks of gratitude and encouragement to all those in attendance.

The Rally concluded with a final push for Block Captains to recruit their neighbors, family and friends to participate in the 12th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup on Saturday, April 6.

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Philadelphia has more than 6,500 Block Captains
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